Paleo Chocolate Cake

I have been looking forward to try this cake for quite some time and my wife’s birthday seemed perfect to try it. It is important to not give up, but with partial success, continue to make it better and try it again. That is my case with this recipe.

It could have been great and it bugs me so much that I wasn’t able to make it as pretty and as tasty as I envisioned it!!! I’m mad at myself for not doing as well as I should have and for being mad about it. I know better. It really shouldn’t bother me. My family DID eat it, so it couldn’t have been that bad??

I have learned and hopefully you can take this lesson. Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out as planned! When you are doing something like “the Birthday cake” there is alot of expectation and pressure. Oh well.

Next time I would: #1. grind the almonds more finely

#2. adjust cooking time(I bought new pans just before this)

#3. try not to be so rushed

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Overall, it tasted great, but the almond flour was coarse and not as fine as I would have liked. I like to buy the sliced almonds because I can grind as I need, then it is fresher.

Remember if you are new to baking without grains it is different and I feel I have to learn it all over again. Go easy on yourself and “just keep swimming”.

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http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/desserts/paleo-chocolate-cake-grain-gluten-dairy-free-3341/

Sausage Leek Frittata Crockpot Recipe

We had a good friend coming for breakfast and I have been wanting to try this recipe for a little while. I had made pancakes the night before(that rock!)so I also wanted this to have as well. Next time I will plan better, as recipe says to cook for 6 hours. Well if your planning to eat fresh, how do you arrange that for breakfast???
I rushed it and cooked it on high for 2.5 hours. Fantastic!!
This was delish. I did add a bit of coconut milk and used my favorite organic chicken sausage, but that is what you have to do! Make it your own!

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

I am continually looking for things that I can make that my celiac daughter will like and is ok for a gluten free, grain free, dairy free little girl(she would argue that). Well awhile back I found this yummy looking recipe for chocolate truffles that were made with chocolate and avocado. I was intrigued so I had to try them.

Daughter #1(the celiac) wouldn’t try them(she is concerned about feeling ill and refuses to try many new items), but #2 was tres excited about this treat.

I muddled through the recipe one sunny afternoon and I was very pleased with the results. Daughter #2 was also very happy with them, as were numerous co-workers that I had to share this with. It really is amazing, how wonderful and decadent they taste(pssst! these are almost healthy).

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
makes 12

Ingredients:

6 oz. dark chocolate (I used 67% chocolate chips)
1/3 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling (optional)

Directions:

Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over my small saucepan for this.) Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.

Try them out. I think you will really enjoy them and they are guilt free as well.

http://detoxinista.com/2014/02/easy-dark-chocolate-avocado-truffles/

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Damn healthy smoothie recipe

After seeing Joe Cross in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,  I have decided that I need to add alot more vegetables to my diet. Since I have a very sedentary job(12 hours in one spot), I figured it would help there as well.  I will have smoothie for 2 meals per day and a good paleo meal for the other one. I have been doing this for over a month so far and I feel great. smoothie

Anyway, I wanted to share the basis of my smoothie that I make everyday for the whole family.

I also find that my children love this and I try to give them 2 serving of the smoothie everyday, but in addition to their meals not as a replacement.

The first thing that has made this process, so much better, is that I got a Vitamix a few months ago and it makes smoothies actually smooth, compared to the blender that I used to use. There is no comparison.  Whatever you use, just use the best one that you can afford.

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Remember that the ingredients are always changing and I experiment, but stick to some basics. I change it up so that we don’t get sick of having them so often.

Ingredients of today’s smoothie:

2 ripe bananas

2-3 stalks of swiss chard

1 good handful of fresh spinach

1 cup of carrot juice

1 cup of orange juice

a splash of pineapple juice

a few micro greens(right now I have lentil sprouts)

6 mini organic carrots

1/4 cup cantaloupe

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1/4 cup of frozen mango

1/4 cup of frozen peaches

1/4 cup of frozen strawberries

Blend until super smooth and then enjoy for as long as it lasts!

As I mentioned, I switch things up all the time to keep it fresh.

Things that you can consider:

Kale, apples, coconut milk, broccoli, oranges, celery, ginger…

Explore, experiment and enjoy!

 

 

Screw McD’s breakfast sandwich

I saw a version of this on nomnompaleo.com. I thought it would be a great paleo solution to the breakfast sandwich. I thought it turned out awesome. Other than my girls thinking the sausage was “too spicy”(insert whine). It was great!
I had trouble finding the circular egg cooker things, so I used cookie cutters.

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I think I just need some practice. Next time will be easier:)

I used scrambled eggs and I had some organic chicken, Italian sausage ready use. I cooked the eggs first and kept them warm while cooking the sausage.
I would suggest using a good oil to cook the eggs and keep from sticking to the ring(cookie cutter).
Makes for a yummy sandwich for adults or kids. Enjoy!

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